Sending Office: Honorable Alma S. Adams
Sent By:

*This is a Programmatic Request*

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us in sending a letter to appropriators requesting robust funding for programs that sure up infrastructure for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19).

HBCUs currently graduate an outsized proportion of African Americans in agriculture, biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, teaching, and dentistry, among other professions. Their combined economic impact on the nation’s economy stands at roughly
$15 billion. They accomplish this despite in many cases suffering from failing infrastructure. According to a 1998 report, HCBUs have more than $1 billion in structural deferred maintenance, a figure that has surely grown. This deficit makes it increasingly
difficult for HBCUs to compete for students, faculty and research funding, which threatens their future sustainability.

By fully funding the below programs, we can make progress in closing the gap between HBCUs and their counterparts. This will ensure HBCU students are able to compete for 21st Century jobs with students of other institutions, thereby strengthening
their contributions to our economy. Please join us in requesting increased funding for the following programs:

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

  • HBCU Capital Financing Program

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

  • HBCU Historic Preservation Program

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

  • 1890 Facilities Grants Program

If you would like to sign on, please fill out this
by COB Thursday, March 15th. If you have any questions, please contact John Christie at Thank you for your consideration of this essential request.



Alma S. Adams, Ph.D.                                                                      

Member of Congress